Environmental Showcase of Annapolis Film Festival 2014
Druid Peak, directed by Marni Zelnick, introduces us to 16 year-old Owen, a bully, who is lashing out against life in rural West Virginia. He is sent to live with his estranged father, a biologist with Yellowstone’s wolf reintroduction program. Owen shows no interest until the day he comes face to face with a Canadian grey wolf. This is a coming of age story with a conservation twist.
Mike Lindemon and Eric Wisner empty oysters from dredge before sending overboard.
SPAT! Bringing Oysters Back to the Chesapeake Bay, directed by Sandy Cannon-Brown follows the question, ‘What will it take to bring back one of the Bay’s most ecologically important organisms’? Can we manage the wild fishery sustainably? Should watermen become farmers of the Bay? Culture and ecology clash in this captivating story about one of the Bay’s most important critters. (USA, 2014, 30 min., Documentary Short)
Young Ice, directed by Derek Hallquist, is a short documentary about leading scientists who join forces with the local Inuit community in Barrow, Alaska to bear witness to shrinking sea ice in the Arctic Circle. Stunning footage captures the effects of climate change in the planet’s coldest region. (USA, 2014, 15 min., Documentary Short)
Amazon Gold, directed by Reuben Aaronson & narrated by Academy Award winners Sissy Spacek and Herbie Hancock, is the disturbing account of a clandestine journey. Two journalists, Ron Haviv and Donovan Webster, travel along Peru’s Madre de Dios River to reveal the apocalyptic destruction of the rainforest in the pursuit of illegally minedgold. Once a place of extraordinary beauty, surreal images of a hellish wasteland drift by in the wake of devastation. Will this priceless repository of biodiversity be lost forever as a result humankind’s toxic greed? (USA, 2011, 53 min., Documentary Feature)
William and the Windmill, directed by Ben Nabors, is a documentary about 14 year-old Malawian William Kamkwamba who teaches himself to build a power-generating windmill from junk. After rescuing his family (and village) from poverty and famine, he becomes an energy icon for the developing world and meets American entrepreneur, Tom Rielly, who helps him imagine a new future.